Frankly, The Folksy Magazine


New Designers 2012 – Folksy Top Ten

by Emily. Average Reading Time: about 3 minutes.

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New Designers is a graduate exhibition held each year in the Business Design Centre in London. Over 3,500 of the most talented newly graduated designers from across the nation come together to showcase their work to the press, media and anyone else who fancies a nosey.

I went along  last week and was struck by the amount of great, fresh talent out there. Talent I want to share. And so, over this week I will be running a series of posts; a Folksy Top Ten of New Designers if you will.

Up first at numbers ten and nine are surface designers Jessica Henderson and Lisa Martin.

10 – Jessica Henderson, Surface Pattern Design BA(Hons), Swansea Metropolitan University

The work: Inspired by the shapes and textures found in nature, my work focuses on the hand drawn aspect of design. Drawing in an unconventional manner has led to the creation of unique imagery composed of many detailed dots. The application of these designs to cushions and wallpaper has created an eye-catching collection with a fascinating surface!

The practice: My work centres around drawing, which means I go through a lot of pens each time I create a new collection! It took a while to develop the practice of creating imagery composed of small circles, and I had to develop my knowledge of printing onto fabric, but this has developed through practise.

The process: To create my collection, I translated my initial drawings onto Adobe Photoshop, where I experimented with colours and placements. These designs and placements were then digitally printed onto fabric and paper. I used dupion silk for my cushions as it has an interesting surface which complimented my designs. I created a co-ordinating back for the cushions that was composed of large polka dots, to make them more playful. For the wallpaper I created collages of my drawings which I cut up and stuck down to get an idea of placement and I then reproduced these ideas digitally on a matt paper.

What’s next: My plan is to hopefully start selling my cushions, and to begin a new collection using the same style of drawing, but different imagery and colourways. I am also keen to apply my designs to other objects including ceramics and stationery.

Jessica Henderson

9 – Lisa Martin, BA (hons) Printed textiles & surface pattern design, Leeds College of Art

The work: My work is mainly illustrations and surface pattern designs aimed towards the children’s market. However, many of my designs also appeal to range of ages. My work is full of fun and quirky characters with hand made textures. My project exhibited at New Designers 2012 is ‘Forager Friends’ and is based on woodland animals, flora and fauna using a bright colour palette.

The practice: I learnt to design in this way through my course at university but I really found my feet in children’s design after doing a 2 week work placement during 2nd year at a small studio in Kingston Upon Thames called Lemon Ribbon. After my placement I found I really started enjoying my design practice and knew I could definitely do it in the long run as a full time job!

The process: I design predominately using Adobe Illustrator but also doodle everything down in a sketchbook. I also create hand made textures that I scan in using ink and anything I can get my hands on from rollers, to bubble wrap and even my own thumbs!

What’s next: Well after an overwhelming response at New Designers 2012 I will hopefully be working full time in a design studio in the next couple of months. I would also like to do commissions or design ranges for other companies. Eventually, after plenty of industry experience I would love to start my own design studio with my partner.

Lisa Martin

Come back to Frankly tomorrow for numbers 7 and 8 in our Top Ten of New Designers – particularly if you’re a textile or jewellery lover……